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Addresses

All students, whether living on campus or off campus, must ensure their correct local and permanent addresses are on file in the Registrar’s Office. Changes of address must be reported to the Registrar immediately.

Assembly, demonstrations and rallies

Students, student organizations, faculty, and staff at Jacksonville University are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of Jacksonville University. At the same time, it should be made clear to the campus community that students or student organizations, and individual members of the faculty or staff, speak only for themselves, not for Jacksonville University as an institution, in their public expressions or demonstrations.

Jacksonville University does not allow disruptive behavior at community events or on campus. Disruptions can be described as purposeful blocking the view of others at the event; banners or items that block the audience's view; noise or action that disrupts the ability of the audience to hear (e.g., shouting out or use of a bull horn).

If an event is disrupted by a group or individual, a representative of Jacksonville University may request the action to stop or for the person or group to leave the event and move to an approved location for protesting. Individuals or groups who disrupt an event or fail to leave when asked are in violation of Jacksonville University policy. These violations of policy may result in a conduct hearing, Disruption may also result in arrest and criminal charges such as disorderly conduct or trespass.

At times, Jacksonville University invites the public to join us at events and extends free speech and expression privileges during these events. Any individual or group who disrupts an event and is unwilling to respect Jacksonville University policy or to comply with the requests of Jacksonville University officials will be asked to leave Jacksonville University property. Failure to comply may result in arrest for unlawful trespass and any other criminal violations that may have occurred.

Demonstration Regulations

Anyone who wishes to stage a demonstration or protest at any event on Jacksonville University property should contact and arrange a meeting with Jacksonville University’s Office of Marketing and Communications to discuss the Jacksonville University policy, demonstration-specific regulations, and safety issues.

The Department of Campus Security should be consulted in the planning of all organized demonstrations, in order to notify other pertinent Jacksonville University offices. The desire of Jacksonville University is to promote intellectual inquiry and exchange in a respectful and civil manner. The safety of all participants is of utmost importance to Jacksonville University, and policies may be enacted to ensure safety during the demonstration.

Comments and Complaint Procedures Overview

Jacksonville University (JU) encourages resolution of formal complaints in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  Any form of retaliation for bringing forward a formal complaint will not be tolerated. The formal complaint process applies to all students and should be followed in all cases when informal resolution is not sufficient to resolve the issue.

Though anonymous formal complaints are permitted, doing so may limit the University’s ability to investigate and respond. Information concerning the nature, scope, evaluation and resolution of formal complaints shall be confidential to the greatest extent possible and will be shared only with those persons who need to know.

A formal complaint is a request for the resolution of a problem, conflict, concern or issue that negatively impacts a student(s).  Student formal complaints may include (but are not limited to) issues regarding policies, procedures, services and offices.  Formal complaints must be filed using JU’s online formal complaint/grievance form. Click here to access the form: https://www.ju.edu/campuslife/forms/student-complaint-form.php

Formal complaints that involve gender discrimination and/or sexual misconduct are addressed under Title IX and are handled separately from the processes described below.  To report a Title IX related incident, please contact JU’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Kristie Gover at 904-256-7067 or Campus Security at 904-256-7585. You may contact the Student Counseling Center for a confidential reporting option at 904-256-7180.  If you would like more information about Title IX, please go to:  www.ju.edu/titleix.

Formal complaints involving academic matters should be addressed according to the processes and guidelines outlined in the University’s Academic Catalog.  Concerns that are not addressed in the University’s Academic Catalog should be directed to the appropriate Academic Dean or Provost.

filing a formal complaint/grievance – non-academic related

A.      Informal  Resolution

Students are strongly encouraged to resolve any concern by talking with the staff    member/administrator and/or departmental supervisor, if necessary. Prompt reporting of all formal complaints is critical and necessary as it is often difficult to trace the facts of an incident or incidents long after they have occurred.  Students are advised that a formal complaint will be most effectively addressed if the formal complaint is brought forward within thirty (30) University business days of the alleged incident.  Students must complete each step in the process before proceeding to the next one.

B.      Filing a Formal complaint/grievance

A formal complaint/grievance is a request for assistance with a problem, conflict, concern, or issue that negatively impacts students that could not be addressed by informal resolution with the staff member/administrator and/or departmental supervisor.

Formal complaints must be filed using JU’s online formal complaint/grievance form, https://www.ju.edu/campuslife/forms/student-complaint-form.php.  When using the online form, a student may choose to remain anonymous. Though anonymous formal complaints are permitted, doing so may limit the University’s ability to investigate and respond.

Formal complaints will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator responsible for the individual, process or department involved. Documentation of the formal complaint should include:

·         A detailed description of the issue and negative impact

·         The date, time, and place of the event(s) pertaining to the formal complaint

·         The name and contact information for any witnesses with knowledge of the formal complaint or subject of the formal complaint.

·         Specific details regarding the instance(s) of non-compliance with the policy or procedure applicable.

·         A proposed solution or action.

If the formal complaint is not a violation of policy, law, or standard practice guideline, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (SVP/DOS) or Designee will assist the complainant in resolving the issue with the appropriate University resource, employee or employee group (i.e. human resources, supervisor, and campus designated contact person).

If the formal complaint demonstrates a violation, or potential violation of policy or standard practice guideline, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will begin a formal resolution process.  This process could include an investigation and/or coordination with appropriate University contacts.

C.       Appeal/Due  Process

The student may appeal the resolution within five (5) University business days of the completion of the formal resolution.

The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students or Designee will hear the appeal. In cases where the SVP/DOS was involved in the initial response or decision, the SVP/DOS will convene the Conduct Review Board, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, to review the appeal. The SVP/DOS or Conduct Review Board will review appeal documentation submitted by the student and the documentation produced by the investigation.  The appealed formal complaint decision will be the final decision rendered.

 

Please note: Due to Federal regulations the University generally only corresponds with students, not parents or guardians.

 

controlled substances

Alcoholic Beverages Policy

The University’s alcoholic beverage policy is administered by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, and enforced by Campus Security and authorized University personnel. All inquiries regarding the policy should be directed to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or the Director of Campus Security. The University complies with all local, state and federal laws/regulations regarding the possession, consumption, dispensing, and sale of alcoholic beverages.  This University policy will be modified to conform to local, state and federal laws/regulations at such time that such laws/regulations change. 

 

Additionally, the University has put into place numerous regulations, which promote safe and responsible use of alcoholic beverages on campus. Any campus department or organization that desires to dispense, serve, or sell alcoholic beverages at an on-campus event must make such a request in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, or their designee, within a reasonable timeframe. The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Director of Campus Security will review such requests, and approve them, deny them, or approve them with certain stipulations. 

 

Stipulations may include, but are not limited to:

1) A requirement that the department/organization contact and hire approved security officers for the event

2) A requirement that all attendees be issued wristbands; etc. 

 

Student organizations are typically only permitted to have alcohol at an event at which the majority of attendees are of legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.  The department/organization must designate an individual as the primary host for the event, who, in the name of the department/organization, assumes overall responsibility for the event and for ensuring that attendees abide by the applicable laws/regulations and University regulations covering alcoholic beverages, and by all other University policies.

 

During an event, alcoholic beverages must be contained within the area where the event is taking place. Persons may not enter or leave an event with alcoholic beverages in their possession.  Public intoxication and/or disorderly conduct are prohibited and will subject the offender to immediate removal from University property.

 

Florida law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages by persons who do not have the appropriate license to sell such beverages. Under no circumstances will the sale of alcohol be permitted unless the appropriate license has been obtained.   University policy does not allow the delivery or sale of alcoholic beverages by non-University agents to individuals or groups on University property, unless special permission for the event has been given by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

 

The possession and use of alcoholic beverages in the University residential facilities for students is detailed in Residential Life policies

Drugs – Other

In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on University premises or as a part of any University activity.  It is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use a controlled substance or drug on University property, and violations are punishable by probation, suspension, dismissal, and/or criminal proceedings.

Drug Abuse Policy

In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, students enrolled in Jacksonville University are subject to disciplinary action for the possession, manufacture, use, sale or distribution (by either sale or gift) of:

-  Any quantity of any prescription drug

-  Any quantity of controlled substance

-  For being under the influence of any prescription drug or controlled substance

With the exception of an over-the counter medication used as intended, or for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a licensed physician. Possession and/or use of medically prescribed marijuana (cannabis), in any form, is prohibited by Federal Law. 

 

Controlled substances include but are not limited to:

Marijuana and other cannabinoids

“K2” and other synthetic drug analogs (such as “bath salts” and “flakka”)

Cocaine

Cocaine derivatives

Heroin

Amphetamines

Barbiturates

Steroids

LSD

GHB

Adderall

Rohypnol

Opioids Substances typically known as “designer drugs” such as “ecstasy.”

 

Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of a prescription drug or controlled substance is also prohibited. Students having prohibited substances in their residence and students in the presence of these substances or paraphernalia may be subject to the same penalties as those in possession.

 

In addition to sanctions imposed by the University for violating the Alcohol Use Policy and the Drug Abuse Policy, a student may be subject to regulations of civil authorities. Various local, state and federal regulations prohibit the illegal use, possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Penalties for violation of such statutes vary depending on the type of drug, the amount of the drug involved, the type of violation, and in the case of alcohol, the age of the person involved.

 

The University may utilize drug testing as a disciplinary sanction, or as required by an organization of which it is a member or if testing is necessary or required for safety, liability or other reasons.

Smoke Free Campus Policy

Objective

Jacksonville University is invested in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, alumni and visitors. Research shows that the smoking of tobacco products constitutes a significant health hazard. The smoking of tobacco products has been specifically identified as a contributing factor in a number of university facility fires across the nation, many of which have resulted in fatalities or major damage.

Rationale

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. (www.cdc.gov)

Research findings confirm, and the U.S. Surgeon General affirms, that tobacco use and exposures to secondhand smoke by non-users constitute a significant health hazard. (www.surgeongeneral.gov)

Jacksonville University is invested in protecting the health and wellbeing of its employees, students and visitors. 

Adoption of a smoke-free policy has the potential to reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, reduce initiation of new tobacco users and increase tobacco-cessation rates. (www.cdc.gov)

Through the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, the state of Florida acknowledges that lighted tobacco products constitute significant health hazards to users and non-users. (www.leg.state.fl.us)

Lighted tobacco products are also a safety concern since they have been identified as contributing factors in numerous accidental fires. Currently 766 college campuses in the U.S. have adopted tobacco-free related policies. (www. http.tobaccofreecampus.org)

 

Policy

Effective August 7, 2017, Jacksonville University shall be a “smoke-free” campus, and prohibits the use of all lighted tobacco products on all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the University. “Property” for purposes of this policy includes:

a) Buildings, structures, enclosed bridges and walkways, university carts and vehicles, personal vehicles in these areas, and any other indoor areas owned or managed by the university.

b) Parking lots, parking garages or structures, grounds, sidewalks, rooftops, plazas, courtyards, entrance/exit ways, university-owned or -leased vehicles, and any other outdoor areas owned or managed by the university.

This policy applies to all Jacksonville University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors and external individuals, companies renting university-owned space, and property owned or managed by Jacksonville University.

Definitions

“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product, including marijuana, intended for inhalation in any manner or form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an e-cigarette that creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this policy.
“Tobacco Products” means all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), e-cigarettes (any device intended to simulate smoking).
“Members of the University community” include its faculty, staff, students, volunteers, customers and visitors.
“Property” includes buildings, structures, grounds, parking lots or structures, enclosed bridges and walkways, sidewalks, university carts and vehicles, as well as personal vehicles in these areas.
 

Enforcement

Students

Violations of the policy will be addressed in accordance with current University policies and procedures.  Accordingly, students may expect a University response under the student code of conduct. The University encourages students to engage in an approach of collective responsibility to hold each student accountable to smoke free policy expectations. Additionally, traditional reporting resources of Campus Security and Residential Life are available for support and enforcement of the policy.  

Employees

Violations of this university policy that involve employees should be reported to the employee’s immediate supervisor or department head to be formally addressed. Reports that are unable to be resolved through intervention at the department level may involve the office of Human Resources. The University also encourages employees to engage in an approach of collective responsibility to hold each employee accountable to smoke free policy expectations.

Visitors

Visitors and vendors on campus may not be knowledgeable of the policy. The campus community shares the responsibility to respectfully edify them that Jacksonville University is a smoke-free campus. Campus Security is to be notified in situations involving visitors, including vendors, observed to be using smoke or tobacco products, and who fail to comply after being advised of the policy. Further refusal to respect the policy may result in a visitor or vendor being required to leave campus. Additionally, members of the campus community will be held accountable for the behavior and conduct of their guests/visitors while they are on University property. All visitors/guests are expected to adhere to all University policies.

Campus Security retains authority to directly enforce adherence to this policy at all times with any and all campus constituents. However, it remains the University’s expectation for compliance to be assured through the shared responsibility of the Jacksonville University community.

 

Exceptions

The smoking of tobacco products may be permitted for controlled research with prior approval of the Provost, the Institutional Review Board, and the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

Tobacco use and/or smoking on campus may be permitted for educational or religious ceremonial purposes with prior approval of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

Tailgating Policy

Tailgating is defined as “gathering in a designated area prior to designated University events to socialize and prepare and/or consume food and beverages.” The purpose of the policy is to help ensure the health and safety of all event attendees, and provide guidelines to help discourage or prevent excessive, unlawful, and underage consumption of alcoholic beverages.

1.)    Adhere to all University alcohol policy guidelines.

2.)    One vehicle per tailgate space, in the designated tailgate area.

3.)    Each group must be responsible for their location and maintain a clean environment. 

4.)    Each student 21 years of age and older must receive a wristband when they enter the tailgate area.

5.)    Drinking contests or games are prohibited on the JU campus, including the tailgate area.

6.)    No manufactured beer funnels or excessive drinking devices allowed.

7.)    Consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to the designated tailgate area.

8.)    The tailgate lot opens 3 hours prior to kickoff of the event/game

9.)    Each group is responsible for proper disposal and clean-up of their respective areas.

10.) A representative from each group or purchaser of a tailgate space must receive approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students or designee, prior to the event or game.

The University reserves the right to modify the tailgating policy based on the event.

Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy

The University recognizes that in an alcohol or other drug-related emergency, the potential for disciplinary action by the University may act as a barrier to students seeking medical assistance for themselves, other students or guests; therefore, the University has a Medical Amnesty protocol as part of our comprehensive approach to reducing the harmful consequences caused by the consumption of alcohol or other drugs.

 

The University’s main concern is the well-being, health, and safety of its students. Medical Amnesty represents the University’s commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or other drug-related emergency. Medical Amnesty also promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol or other drugs in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.

 

An individual who calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not face formal disciplinary action by the University for the possession or use of alcohol or other drugs if they agree to participate in, and complete, the recommended educational expectations outlined by a university hearing officer. The recipient of medical attention will also avoid formal disciplinary action by the University for the possession or use of alcohol or other drugs if she/he agrees to participate in, and complete, the recommended educational expectations outlined by a university hearing officer. If an individual is documented or receives emergency medical assistance on more than one occasion due to excessive use of alcohol or other drugs, the situation will be evaluated so as to provide the student with additional resources and/or sanctions as needed or appropriate.

 

The Medical Amnesty protocol applies to straightforward cases of alcohol or other drug-related emergencies. The Medical Amnesty protocol does not excuse co-occurring student code of conduct infractions or other incidents related or unrelated to the medical emergency.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning or Overdose

Recognizing the signs of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose is extremely important. It is not necessary that all symptoms are present before you seek help. If you are unsure, it is imperative that you err on the side of caution and get immediate help. Signs of alcohol poisoning or overdose include, but are not limited to:

• vomiting

• confusion/stupor

• seizures

• slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)

• irregular breathing

• blue-tinged skin or pale skin

• low body temperature (feels cold or clammy)

• unconscious and unresponsive

 

*Amphetamine overdose may include, but is not limited to: rapid heartbeat, increased body temperature, and behavior changes such as erratic behavior, hallucinations, or increased aggression.

 

Never leave an unconscious person alone or assume they will sleep it off. While waiting for help, turn the intoxicated person on their side. Do not try to make them vomit. Persons with alcohol poisoning have an impaired gag reflex and may choke on their vomit or accidently inhale vomit into their lungs. If you have any questions about the Medical Amnesty Policy, please contact the Senior Vice President for  Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students.

Directory Information

Jacksonville University publishes, in various forms, directory information such as a student’s identification photograph, name, address, telephone number, JU email address, date of birth, place of birth, whether enrolled part-time or full-time, class, major, dates of attendance, degrees conferred, awards received, educational institutions attended, participation in officially recognized activities or athletic teams and weights and heights of athletic team members. In addition, grades also are considered “directory information” with regard to determining honor rolls, Dean’s lists, President’s lists, and graduation honors, all of which may be published. Transcripts of students’ academic records or student grade point averages may be released to the faculty advisers of officially recognized campus honor societies upon written request unless the student has filed an objection with the Registrar’s Office. Only faculty members and appropriate administrators have access rights to student records.

Students who do not wish to have such information released must notify the Registrar’s Office during the first two weeks of the academic year. The Registrar’s Office provides a form for the convenience of students who do not wish to have information released.

JU’s policy permits the release of information from a student’s educational record without written consent to University faculty, staff, and administration who are responsible for working with such records in registration, counseling, teaching, financial aid, tuition and fee payment, internship and other activity directly related to their official responsibilities on a “need to know” basis.

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expanded the circumstances under which education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to records and PII without consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to education records and PII without consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

Disability Related Information

Jacksonville University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who need such assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability categories can include, but are not limited to, Medical, Psychological, Visual, and Physical, Hearing and/or Speech/Language Impairments and Learning Disabilities. The Disability Support Services Office will also provide accommodations for students who are presenting any type of temporary condition that affects or will affect their academic progress.

A student with a visible or non-visible disability who requests “reasonable accommodation” for his or her condition should provide medical- or any other- documentation of their condition to the Disability Support Services Office. It is preferable and recommended that documentation be provided immediately after acceptance to the University.

Notice of a disability, but not the medical documentation, may be provided by the Disability Support Services Office to any administrator, dean, and/or professor on a need-to-know basis, but only after consultation with the student.

Specialized services are provided through the Disability Support Services Office. Students must request “reasonable accommodations” in a timely manner in order to allow faculty/staff to plan for those accommodations.

Note: Students with disabilities are responsible for maintaining the same academic levels as other students attending class, maintaining appropriate behavior, and providing timely notification of any special needs.

Services provided may include: special arrangements when needed (change of rooms, referrals to tutors), letters of classroom accommodations are based on the medical documentation on file and the student’s experience. Individual counseling or referral for counseling is provided by the Counseling Center on campus. Recommendations for “reasonable accommodations” in the classroom may include priority seating, change of classroom, tape recording of lectures, extra time for tests/quizzes, alternative test formats, etc. For more information please visit our website, www.ju.edu/disabilityservices or contact us at (904) 256-7787.

Emotional Support Animal Registration Guidelines

A request for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) must be submitted to the Disability Support Services Office, located in the Davis Student Commons.

The request for an ESA must include the following:

1.       Cover letter with the owner’s explanation concerning the need for the animal, the type of animal, a description of the animal and the animal’s name.

2.       Letter from a licensed Mental Health professional, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Physician/Doctor on letterhead paper. The letter must include the diagnostician’s name, title, professional credentials, date/s, and signature. It must outline:

1.       Verification of the condition (medical/physical/psychological diagnosis) for which the animal is essential;

2.       Ways in which the animal serves as an accommodation for the condition;

3.       Mandated vet visits at beginning of each semester, as well as documentation of flea treatment for the entire year.

4.       Certification of all appropriate vaccinations of the pet must be presented when registering.

Additional information:

The Owner must notify Disability Support Services and Residential Life in writing if the approved ESA is no longer needed or is no longer in residence. To replace an approved ESA the owner must file a new Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

See Residential Life Policies for expectations regarding Emotional Support Animals.

Disability Specific – Student Grievance Procedure

This grievance procedure is established for students who wish to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities or programs at Jacksonville University.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as names, address, phone number of complainant and location, date and description of the incident/problem. Alternative means of filing a complaint are available on request for students with specific disabilities.

The complaint should be submitted to the Disability Support Services Director or to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (when deemed appropriate), as soon as possible and no later than 30 calendar days after the alleged violation.

·         Within 15 calendar days after the receipt of the complaint, the Disability Support Services Director and/or Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, or designee, will meet with the student to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.

·         Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Disability Support Services Director and/or Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee, will respond in writing and where appropriate in an alternative format, such as Braille. The response will explain the position of Jacksonville University and offer options for resolution where appropriate.

·         If the response from the Disability Support Services Director and/or Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the student may appeal the decision in writing within 15 days to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students for non-academic issues or the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost for academic issues.

·         Within 15 days after receipt of the complaint, the appropriate Senior Vice President will meet with the student to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 days after the meeting, the appropriate Senior Vice President will respond in writing and where appropriate in an alternative format, with a final resolution.

The University will retain all written complaints received by Jacksonville University, written responses and appeals for at least three years.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior Policy

Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to conduct that interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process. Civil expression of disagreement with the course instructor, during times when the instructor permits discussion, is not itself disruptive behavior and is not prohibited.

1. Temporary Removal of Student from Class or Other Educational Experience

When any student, acting individually or in concert with others, obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, or any other activity authorized to be discharged on behalf of the University or held on the University’s premises, the student may be asked to stop the disruptive behavior by an instructor or staff of the University. If the student continues, an instructor/staff member is authorized to tell the student to leave the area or classroom and, if the student will not leave, to call Campus Security. The instructor/staff must immediately call Campus Security (904-256-7585), without prior request to the student, if presented with an unsafe situation, threatening behavior, violence, knowledge of a crime, or in other appropriate circumstances.

2. Withdrawal of Student from Class or Other Educational Experience

When a student disrupts a class or other educational experience, or if the student’s behavior or lack of preparation is detrimental to the educational experience of others, or if the student is compromising the learning environment, the instructor may take action to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience as a result of this significant and/or repeated behavior.

To do this, the instructor shall:

·         Provide the student written notice of intent to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience, with an explanation of the instructor’s reason(s), and provide a copy to the instructor’s department chair (or, when there is no department chair, to the dean of the instructor’s college or school).

·         The notice should schedule a meeting with the student and the department chair (or, when there is no department chair, with the dean of the instructor’s college or school) to occur within 3 business days of the notice.

·         The instructor may bar the student from the class or educational experience pending the result of the meeting, and the written notice should advise the student if there is such a bar.

·         At the meeting, the student may have one advisor. Following the meeting, the instructor shall decide whether to withdraw the student from the class or educational experience.

·         If the student is not withdrawn, the student will be provided the opportunity to complete all assignments/exams that may have been missed.  

·         If a student is withdrawn, his or her grade will be recommended by the instructor.

·         The student may appeal this decision within 3 business days in writing to the academic dean or designee.

·         During the student’s appeal, the student remains withdrawn from and is barred from attending the class. The academic dean or his/or her designee’s decision on this appeal is final.

3. Referral to Student Life

Instructors, faculty members, academic deans, and/or department chairs are also encouraged to report student conduct issues to the Student Life office. This reporting ensures that any other student code of conduct related behavior is appropriately addressed with the student.

Facility Usage

Students and recognized student organizations must utilize the 25 Live system in order to reserve on-campus facilities and register events (on or off-campus). Final approval of facility usage will come from the University scheduler.  Final approval of the event will come from the Office of Student Involvement. Organizations are urged to plan their events and submit their requests as far in advance as possible, a minimum of 72 hours is required.

When planning your event, please keep the following in mind:

1.       Recognized student organizations may reserve any available multipurpose University facility.

2.       Use of residence hall lobbies is coordinated by the Residential Life Office. Events sponsored by residents and residence hall organizations are given priority.

3.       Historic Swisher Gymnasium may be reserved for events that require a facility of this size. Due to the high demand for this facility, requests should be made as early as possible.

Harassment or Discrimination

Jacksonville University strives to establish and maintain a work and academic environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the University community are respected; an environment which is characterized by equal employment, opportunity, academic freedom (freedom of inquiry and expression) and the absence of harassment and intimidation. Recognizing the value of using all available human resources, Jacksonville University affords equal opportunity for students and in employment without regard to race, color, age, veteran status, gender, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presence of a disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of educational and employment decisions, including recruitment, admission, hiring as well as retention, compensation, transfer and opportunities for advancement.

If a student feels he/she has been harassed or discriminated against, he/she should report the situation immediately. Student-to-student harassment should be reported to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students. Harassment or discrimination by a University employee or faculty member should be reported to Human Resources. The Student Life Office can serve as an advocate for a student reporting a complaint of harassment or discrimination against a student or employee.

Hazing

Hazing is defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any organization operating under sanction of the University; any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating or branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual. And also including any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual. Any activity; either on or off campus, such as these will be presumed to be a forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such an activity notwithstanding.

Identification of Students

The official student identification card of Jacksonville University is the JU Dolphin Card. The card also serves as a multi-function debit card for University-related expenses and as a meal card. Misuse of the JU Dolphin Card is considered a serious offense and will be handled as such. Students are required to carry the JU Dolphin Card and other supporting proof of identity at all times, and to present identification immediately upon the request of a University official, Resident Advisor or a local, county or state law enforcement agent. Students are required to surrender their JU Dolphin Card upon withdrawal from the University.

Immunizations and Medical Information

The University assumes no responsibility for student illnesses or accidents occurring either on campus or off campus. Therefore, the University strongly encourages students to obtain and maintain health, major medical, and accident insurance coverage through either a personal or family policy. Please note that in certain instances, HMO coverage may not be sufficient or accepted by local health and medical providers. For students who do not qualify for coverage under a private policy, JU offers coverage through a school-sponsored plan.

 

JU requires that full-time traditional undergraduate students who do not have hospital/medical insurance coverage participate in this plan. International students are also required to participate in the plan and those attending JU for the first time, pay the first year premium in advance with their tuition and fees. Twelve-month coverage extends from the reporting date August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. Insurance coverage will be billed on a yearly basis through graduation. All eligible students who have other comparable insurance coverage must file a waiver each academic year by the deadline in order to waive participation in the Student Medical Insurance Plan. The deadline to waive the school plan is Friday, August 31, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year. To complete the waiver form: Go to www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/ju . Please have your current health insurance ID card ready as you will need this information in order to complete the waiver form. You will be asked to complete several required fields and answer questions with regard to the insurance policy you are using to waive the university-sponsored plan.  You will also be required to upload the front and back of your current insurance ID card. Immediately upon submitting your Online Form you will receive an online confirmation message as well as an email confirmation message letting you know the status of the submitted waiver. Please note and keep this information for your record.

 

Jacksonville University requires that all new accepted Traditional Undergraduate students complete and return to the Office of Admission the University’s Medical and Immunization Form as part of the application process. The immunization portion of the form, if applicable, must be completed and signed by a licensed physician or an appropriate health care provider. You are encouraged to keep a copy of this form for your records. Documentation is required to certify that a student’s immunizations include measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, tetanus, and diphtheria. Students living on campus are required to show documentation of a meningitis vaccination or sign a waiver declining the vaccination. Students born before 1957 are considered immune to measles. If these forms are not submitted, a registration hold will be placed to prevent registration for the student’s second term at Jacksonville University.

Information Technology

Jacksonville University provides students with computer access in classrooms and the Library computer lab. All computers on campus have direct access to the Internet. In addition, all residential facilities have wired and wireless network connections that provide direct internet access for students who bring computers and other internet capable devices with them.

For any network or shared resource to continue to function, all users must show a level of mutual respect. For this reason, JU has an IT Policy for its computing environment. In general, policies are set to maximize the resources available to all users. Security for the systems and network, and the people who use them, is an overriding consideration. It is a violation of Jacksonville University’s IT Policy for computers connected to the JU network to make available for download any copyrighted material. This includes software, ebooks, movie and music files. Users running Torrent type software or creating open file shares to allow others access to copyrighted material, will be in violation of federal copyright laws. JU will cooperate fully with the authorities to stop this exchange and to prosecute those who are doing it.

Common sense and courtesy covers IT Policy for the most part. Use of JU systems is a privilege, not a right. It is each user’s responsibility to know and understand the current IT Policy.  Failure to comply with these policies may result in suspension of certain services, the suspension of your JU account(s) and possible disciplinary action.

A copy of the IT Policies and Procedures can be found on our website http://it.ju.edu which also contains a ‘How-To’ section that will help you get the most out of the services we offer. If you can’t find the answer to your IT related question there, contact our Help Desk at 904-256-7200 or helpdesk@ju.edu. Also, check out the My JU portal to download a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional Plus for your PC or Mac.

Medical Withdrawal Policy

The University recognizes that severe, unforeseen personal medical situations may arise, which prohibit a student from continuing and completing his/her coursework within a given semester. Should such circumstances occur within the published withdrawal period of a semester, the student should withdraw through the University Registrar’s Office. However, for situations occurring after the published withdrawal period, students may appeal to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students or his/her designee for a medical withdrawal from the University. Students may be eligible to apply for a medical withdrawal for specific courses, if the request is submitted prior to the end of the term/posting of grades. In order to be eligible for a partial or full medical withdrawal, the student must submit sufficient medical documentation to support the withdrawal. Requests received after the completion of the term/posting of grades are complete withdrawals from the University, for all courses in which a student is registered. Such appeals should be promptly directed in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students, and must be accompanied by specific supporting medical documentation, from a licensed health care provider directly caring for the student, and must specify how the medical condition directly impacted coursework or the ability to attend class. These appeals should be made within the semester for which the medical withdrawal is being requested, and no later than the withdrawal date of the following academic semester, with summer terms included. The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students and other relevant University officials and faculty members will evaluate the validity of such appeals, based upon this policy, and respond within a reasonable time period. If the request is submitted after grades have been submitted, the relevant professors will also be consulted in considering the granting of a medical withdrawal. A medical withdrawal, when granted, impacts a student’s academic registration only, and any appeals of tuition and fees paid must be directed separately to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Questions about this general policy should be directed to the Student Life Office (Davis Student Commons, third floor, 256-7067).

Non-Discrimination

Recognizing the value of using all available human resources, Jacksonville University affords equal opportunity for students and in employment without regard to race, color, age, veteran status, gender, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presence of a disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of educational and employment decisions, including recruitment, admission, hiring as well as retention, compensation, transfer and opportunities for advancement.

Inquiries or information requests should be directed to the Director of Human Resources (non-students) or to the Student Life Office (students).

Posting Policy

Jacksonville University offers posting areas throughout campus and in most buildings (see below). All members of the community are expected to follow these guidelines.

Prior to posting, all original pieces must be approved by the Office of Student Involvement located on the 3rd floor of the Student Commons (please bring approximately 15 copies). Recognized student organizations having priority for posting, followed by university departmental events. Individual faculty, staff, students and off-campus groups may also post upon approval from the Office of Student Involvement.

The office of Student Involvement is responsible for posting the approved flyers at the following locations:    Student Commons, Founders, Post Office, Howard and Kinne Student Center. Posting is also permitted on the free-standing bulletin boards throughout campus. No flyers, posters or banners should be posted on vehicles, trashcans, sidewalks, lampposts, signs, buildings, vending machines, trees, painted surfaces, glass entry areas and exit doors, windows, etc.

1.       The content of posted items must be consistent with University policy and support the academic mission of the institution.

2.       Posting is limited to one flyer per event per bulletin board (all others will be removed). Do not cover other flyers and keep flyer/poster sizes to a minimum as to share the board space.

3.       All materials posted must clearly display date, time and location of the event, as well as contact information and the University approved ADA accommodation clause.

4.       The use of sidewalk chalk is prohibited unless prior permission has been given from the Office of Student Involvement.

All violations of this policy by students and/or student organizations will be referred to the Office Student Involvement and/or the Division of Student Affairs for disciplinary action. All departmental violations will be handled through the University administration.

For more information and policies about Student Organizations, please refer to the Student Organization Handbook or contact the Office of Student Involvement.

Sales and Solicitations

University policy prohibits individuals or organizations from soliciting contributions from the general public for University-related purposes without prior written approval from the Student Life Office. University mailing lists, e.g., Board of Trustees, University Council, faculty, alumni, students or parents, may not be used to promote the sale of tickets, advertisements or merchandise of any kind without prior written approval from the Senior Vice President Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students.

Student Enterprise/Student-Run Businesses

Student entrepreneurial initiatives must not jeopardize the College's tax-exempt status and must be approved the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Chief Financial Officer.

·         Jacksonville University receives tax exemptions as an educational institution, which can be jeopardized when individuals in the campus community operate a business enterprise on College premises. Campus-based activity, which can result in the distribution of profits to individuals, is inconsistent with the College's tax-exempt status.

·         Entrepreneurs shall not use their student status to compete unfairly with local merchants or campus services.

·         Students are not to harass others, including their fellow students, in their commercial endeavors.

·         Advertising within the residential community is not permitted unless approved through the University’s posting policy process.

Search and Seizure Policy

For information regarding searches of student rooms in the residence halls and apartments, see the “Residential Life” section of this handbook.

Students are reminded that the Jacksonville University campus is the private property of the University. When a designee of the Student Life Office, including Campus Security Officers and Residential Life Staff members, reasonably suspects that suspect items are contained among a student’s possessions, the student shall be required to make such possessions (including but not limited to backpacks, locked containers, motor vehicles, electronic devices etc.) accessible. If a student refuses to give access to his/her possessions, the suspect items may be confiscated for investigation, and used in any disciplinary proceedings. Furthermore, any student who refuses to give such access to his/her possessions may also be immediately banned from University property.

Student Organizations

JU supports over 100 student organizations to engage students outside the classroom.

1.       All organizations on campus must register with the Office of Student Involvement in order to be recognized. Failure to be recognized will result in loss of the ability to receive institutional funding and to make space reservations.

2.       Students shall be free to organize and join clubs/organizations to promote their common interests and the mission of the University; however, all organizations must be registered with the University.

3.       Students who wish to create a new student organization, should contact the Office of Student Involvement to complete the registration paperwork. New organization paperwork is accepted the first 4 weeks of the semester.  Final approval for club/organization recognition is granted on behalf of the University by the Division of Student Affairs.

4.       The membership, policies and actions of student organizations will be determined by vote of only those persons who are currently enrolled students, except where such determination is in conflict with University policy or regulations. Student organizations shall be subject to the same responsibilities and standards of conduct applied to students specifically as listed in the Student Handbook.

5.       If violations of the Code of Student Conduct and/or University policies occur as part of a recognized student organization’s activities, disciplinary actions may be pursued as proscribed the Disciplinary Procedures section of the Student Handbook. The president and/or other representatives will be asked to represent the student organization in a hearing. The hearing will be conducted by a member or members of the Student Life staff. If found responsible for violations, disciplinary actions will be levied as determined by the staff member(s) conducting the hearing. Appeals may be made in writing to the Dean of Students within three business days following notification of sanctions.

6.       Each organization must have an on-campus advisor selected from University faculty or staff.

7.       Membership shall not be denied on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Student Leader Eligibility

Primary student leaders (President and Treasurer):

·         Must be enrolled full-time as deemed by University or academic department guidelines

·         Must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA cumulative

·         Must be in good standing with the University

Weapons Policy

Possession, use, or storage of any weapon is prohibited on University property and at University sponsored events.

For purposes of this policy, the term “weapon” includes but is not limited to any:

1.       Firearm, meaning any weapon which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, such as a handgun, shotgun, rifle, starter gun, ellet/BB gun and machine gun, including any ammunition;  

2.       Destructive device or explosive, such as a bomb, grenade, mine, rocket, missile, pipe bomb, blasting cap, black powder, firecracker, or any similar device containing an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas and includes any frangible container filled with an explosive, incendiary, explosive gas, or expanding gas, which is designed or so constructed as to explode by such filler and is capable of causing bodily harm or property damage;

3.       Electric weapon or device, meaning any device which, through the application or use of electrical current, is designed, redesigned, used, or intended to be used for offensive or defensive purposes, the destruction of life, or the infliction of injury, such as a stun gun or dart-firing stun gun; or

4.       Any other weapon, equipment, material, or device that, in the manner it is used or could ordinarily be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury. Examples of items described in clause (4) include but are not limited to any dirk, sword, knife (excluding small personal pocket knives with folding blades that are less than three (3) inches in length or cutlery used for cooking purposes), metallic knuckles, slingshot, martial arts weapon , club, chain, archery bow, crossbow, or tear gas/chemical dispensing device (other than a small chemical dispenser containing less than two ounces of chemical, allowed under Florida Statute, and sold commercially for personal protection).

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary actions up to and/or including suspension, dismissal, and referral to local law enforcement authorities. All weapons as described above will be immediately confiscated by University officials and will not be returned.

This policy does not apply to any law enforcement officer as defined by Section 943.10(1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), (8), (9), or (14), Florida Statutes.

NOTICE OF WAIVER

Jacksonville University, through this written and published policy, hereby affirmatively waives the exception as provided in Section 790.115(2)(a)(3), Florida Statutes. Jacksonville University is a “school” as defined by Section 790.115. Section 790.115(2)(a) prohibits the possession of a firearm, destructive device, electric weapon or device, or other weapon as defined by Section 790.001(13) on school property or at a school-sponsored event. Although Section 790.115(2)(a)(3) provides an exception that, pursuant to Section 790.25(5), persons over eighteen years of age may possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense in a private conveyance if the firearm or weapon is securely encased and is not readily accessible for immediate use, it also provides that schools may waive the exception by adopting written and published policies. This Weapons Policy shall constitute a specific waiver of the exception as provided in Section 790.115(2)(a)(3).

University Name, Logo and Contracts
The legal title “Jacksonville University” is retained by the Board of Trustees for use by officially recognized University organizations and activities and may not be used without specific permission. Contracts cannot be signed or agreements made in the name of the University without authorization from the Division of Student Affairs or the Chief Financial Officer. All uses of the JU logo and symbol must be approved by the Office of University Marketing and Communications.

Title IX Information: Sexual Misconduct Policies and Resources are available at www.ju.edu/titleix


Academic Integrity and Misconduct

Please refer to the University catalog